Rugby League: Improving Bentley suffer defeat

Man of the match Brad Parnell (blue/yellow jersey) makes a tackle for Bentley

Man of the match Brad Parnell (blue/yellow jersey) makes a tackle for Bentley

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Bentley under-18s’ latest league game against Heworth was a big improvement although the losing scoreline of 42-16 does not look too impressive, writes Les Perkins.

Injuries and work commitments led to Bentley only having 14 players as they hosted a very strong York squad on Sunday.

Bentley had the worse possible start by handing the ball over from the kick-off and allowing Heworth the opening try of the game.

Both struggled with the soaring heat as silly mistakes ensued, but Heworth enjoyed the luxury of rotating their squad with a stronger bench as half time saw Bentley trail 30-10.

Bentley were the better team in the second half and piled on the pressure, but their numerical disadvantage soon told as they grew tired during the game before Heworth ran out 42-16 winners.

Coach Perkins said: “If we had a full squad available to us it could have been a totally different game.

“Every player showed strength and determination throughout what was a massive task against a well-drilled York outfit.

“Bentley should be proud of their performance.”

Try scorers were Brad Smith (two and two conversions) and one from Jordan Middleton.

Brad Parnell was awarded Bentley’s man of the match.

The squad next travel to West Yorkshire to play Normanton on Sunday.